Permanent Programs

Kiskunhalas has many permanent programs. You can read about them below.


Lace Museum

The living tradition of Halas Lacemaking has been the part of the Hungarian Intangible Cultural Heritage since 2010.

Sewn lace as an independent branch of textile art came into existence in Western Europe at the time of the Renaissance and it flourished into its full splendour during the Baroque period. 

In Hungary, bobbin lace set its roots as early as the 16th Century, and this style became a folk tradition in several settlements of northern Hungary. Sewn lace in our country had no traditions. However, embroidery, which usually anticipated sewn lace, was to be found in many varieties amongst folk artists. At the turn of the century an in the following decades succesful attempts were made to establish Hungarian sewn lace.

The „gossamer fine” Halas Lace, which has deserved its world fame, has surpassed all other domestic attempts.

Árpád Dékáni, who was a local secondary school art teacher , was first responsible for the establishment of Halas Lace.

His designs were made reality by Mária Markovits, a lacemaker, with such wonderful art that Halas Lace has deserved to be the competitor of Venitian and Brussels laces. It is a fortunate union of Hungarian folk decoration treasure and modern applied art trends. It is a blending of the rich motifs and compositions of Renaissance, Baroque and Hungarian aristocratic embroidery and the styles of the Secession.

The more than sixty types of stitches in Halas Lace are admired everywhere.

Besides Árpád Dékáni and Mária Markovits, since the conception of this craft there have been Kiskunhalas lacemaking girls and women who have evidently put all of their fol taste and perspective into their works. This is how Halas Lace became at the time of its first creation an applied folk art and this turn gives its unique, inimitable beauty.

Production of the hand-sewn lace can be witnessed and admired at the Kiskunhalas Lace House.


The Thorma Gallery – The Paintings of János Thorma

The paintings of János Thorma were shaped by the happy days of the end of the 19th century and the changes brought about by the artistic revolution at the beginning of the 20th century. His style undertook a long journey from delicate naturalism to post-impressionism. In his early period, art nouveau, symbolism, historical painting , French romantic realism, and the artistic approach of naturalism, as well the influences of his great predecessors, can be observed in his works. After 1910 he worked int he Nagybánya plein-air genre. Thorma was always searching for slices of human life and exploring the internal laws of the image and harmony among colours. Besides painting, his activities as an art teacher and organizer were also extremely important.

An exhibition of the artist’s works has been on permanent display int he Thorma Museum since 1960. The main attractions have always been the two monumental hictorical paintings Rise Up, Magyar! and The Blood Witnesses of Arad. The new Thorma Gallery exhibits more than 40 paintings belonging to the musem, the Hungarian National Gallery, and other collections.

The rooms housing the Bay Collection and the Thorma Gallery were constructed in 2017. They present Hungary’s largest exhibition of theart of Nagybánya.

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